Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick says he'll sign the legislation -- though keep in mind that Rhode Island's governor said he wouldn't block a move to Feb. 5, only to come out with a surprise veto. But assuming Patrick sticks to his pledge, he and the legislature, overwhelmingly comprised of Democrats, may have given help to a Republican: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Massachusetts will provide but a tiny portion of the delegates up for grabs on Feb. 5, but, assuming Romney is still in the running, every little bit will help -- especially since current poll numbers suggest it's possible the GOP race will still have no clear front-runner by then.
As for the Democrats, expect Patrick to try to deliver his state to the candidate he's endorsed, Barack Obama.