What is the difference between a recusal and abstaining?

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Are these words synonyms or do they mean different things? A member of congress abstains from voting, while a judge recuses himself from a case. Is there a meaningful difference between the two out of political point-of-view?

I seem to want to think recusal is forced while abstaining is a choice, but I not certain if that is true.

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