By Steve Pickett

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Campaign 2012 is over, but the lessons learned in this election will play a role for years to come.

One of them — the demographics of voters include all colors and all ages.

The Latino vote proved to be a vital component of Tuesday’s presidential election. Ten percent of Tuesday’s turnout was Hispanic voters.

“The Latino vote was crucial and a huge demographic,” says Dallas attorney and former candidate for Congress Domingo Garcia. “The fact of the matter is the road to the White House is through the barrios and colonias of the United States.”

In Texas, close to four million Hispanics are eligible to vote, according to census data. However, Latino voter influence in Texas has yet to equal the state’s Hispanic population figures.

“In the next four to eight years, perhaps we’ll have candidates that run for the Senate, the governorship, probably for Congress,” says Garcia. “As the numbers change, so will those faces of those people.”

Adryana Boyne, who is Hispanic and conservative, says Latino influence will benefit Republicans too. She says there is some work to do.

“Hispanics are Republicans,” she says. “They just don’t know it yet. We need to continue educating the community.”

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